Yesterday, I attended the CW network upfront, which is a major annual event where the TV networks reveal their fall schedules. The CW was the last of the Big 5 networks to present and as you have probably heard by now, the network has two new shows for the fall: Hellcats, a college cheerleading drama reminiscent of Bring It On, and Nikita, a remake of the 1990 action thriller La Femme Nikita.
We saw previews for both and I was surprised at how action-packed Nikita was. The show was definitely no-holds-barred when it came to violence. It was like watching a female Jack Bauer. After the preview, lead star Maggie Q came onstage to greet the audience and talk a little about the show. She was the only actor to not read off the teleprompter, and she was funny, self-deprecating, and genuine. I think all of us in the audience fell a little in love with her, particularly after she said, “I don’t think any of you understand how good-looking it [the other CW stars] is backstage. It’s really intimidating. I had to push the A-cups up a little bit.”
If Maggie Q’s charm isn’t enough of a reason to check out Nikita (airing Thursdays this fall at 9PM), check out a sneak peek at the series above.